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breaking news. an air asia jet liner with 162 preem on board vanishes as it was flying from indonesia to singapore. agonizing families waiting for word. the third major disaster involving a plane from that legion in the past year. what happened this time? to t bitter end, as comes to a close, the midsection leaves nasty roads and millions of people headed home for the christmas holiday, mother nature has ugly surprises in store. not playing games, the hacker group helps bring down the xbox and playstation gaming networks explains why they did it. are more cyber attacks still to
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come? and surprise of a lifetime. the woman who showed up at her own wedding without knowing in advance it was happening. we'll show how her fiance pulled it off. december 28,2014. 28 2014. this is "today" from navy base news this is "today f. from studio 1a rockefeller plaza. good morning and welcome to "today" on a sunday hornmorning. i'm lester holt. >> a lot of news breaking overnight. let's get to our top story. disappearance of air asia flight 8501. there were 162 on board the jet, 155 passengers and seven crew members, most of them malaysian. >> according to the air traffic controllers t pilot asked to change course because of stormy
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weather. there were apparently dense storm clouds in the area. >> the plane was lost 42 minutes after take over after darkness falls. there's no sign of the aircraft. the search has been halt added for the fight. >> katie is at the airport where the plane was headed. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. of 155 passengers the vast majority were indonesian. it was supposed to get here 12 hours ago but dropped off the radar somewhere over the java sea. this is the third incident with the malaysian based airline this year alone. an emotional scene at the airport in indonesia as families learn the plane carrying their loved ones is missing, lost somewhere over the java sea. i hope for a miracle, and may god save all of them said one friend waiting for news.
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the plane was on its way from surabaya to singapore when the pielot climbed to avoid clouds. there were thunderstorms in the area around the time the aircraft disappeared. this is temperature third incident involving a malaysian air lyle the malaysian airlines flight from march that's still missing. that from bay jing carrying 239 passengers and crew. then there's mh 17. it was shot down over the ukraine this summer. today, more questions and heart ache from those who want to know what happened to their loved ones. >> reporter: there are 47 friends and family here. they're sequestered from the media. we did see a few of them earlier and they were, as you can
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imagine, very distraught. they're looking for answers trying to find out exactly what happened. officials know where and when it dropped off radar. that should give them a better idea, but we're going on 14-hours now since missing and still no sign of the plane: guys back to you. >> heartbreaking. katie, thank you. >> mike bettis has been monitoring the weather there. >> it's not unusual. the suddenly trade winds produce stormy weather. you can see that on the satellite map. all between where it was expected to land in singapore and the flight track would take it through the seas. the problem is we have thunderstorms for recovery efforts. we know the pilot asked to change altitude. but the storm tops were at 50,000 feet. unfortunately, we get a lot of turbulence all the way to the
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top of the clouds. even if it was changing elevation, it may not have made any difference whatsoever. it's an unfortunate situation. they do their best to get around these things. >> greg fizen, good to see you. we see it all the time especially in the summertime here in this part of our country. pilots deviates around these thunderstorms. what is the danger of a plane flying as cruise level flying into thunderstorms? >> one of the big issues with these types of thunderstorms that blossom 30,000 40,000 50,000 feet is the activity within the thunderstorm. the up and down draft. the potential for hail and icing conditions. those types of winds and gusty wind conditions that could compromise the structure of an airplane, it creates moderate to severe turbulence, in some cases, extreme turbulence. we saw this with air france 47.
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you may not be able to maintain control of the airplane. >> you mention the plane that left brazil to france. that was outside of radar coverage. in this case this plane was under full radar coverage at the time so if it fell from the sky or even broke up wouldn't radar have continued to pick up a hit of at least metal falling? >> well in these dense thunderstorms, you can attenuate the signal. you may not have a good reflective signal and then all sorts of electrical signals from the aircraft. the transponder and radio communications were working up until a point but then lost both radio and the transponder in this particular instanls. that could indicate an electrical problem on board the aircraft whether it was prior to
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a loss of control. >> and of course weather is the obvious thing we tend to look at. but you as an investigator know you approach these things in an agnostic way, any possibility is still alive until you can rule it out. what others things might cause a plane to disappear from radar? >> the best evidence we have and no we have no real investigative activity taking place until we find the damage and get a recorder but from an investigative standpoint what kind of weather did this have prior to departure, what was the flight plan that was planned and why was it they didn't see this or at least monitor it better flying through this convergence zone? you have to have a way to fly out, a plan "b" if you will and
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then what the crew may or may not have had to outclimb this thunderstorm. if we're talking 50,000 foot con consecutivecon vektive activity they should have been able to get help from the airline dispatch folks. that will be a big issue, what in fact may have been the decision maker for this true. i don't see anything other than that because we don't have a lot of information but it looks like weather will be a primary factor that will be investigated by the teams from indonesia, singapore, and malaysia. >> we appreciate your analysis. thank you so much. a greek ferry caught fire overnight. betty has more on that. >> a dramatic rescue effort under way off the coast of grease. passengers and crews trapped aboard a burning ferry this
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morning. battling heavy seas to get to the stranded boat. it's miles from gorfu. it's not any danger of sinking. it was from greasegreece when the fire erupted. the slaying of two patrolmen, tens of thousands of officers gathered for the officers saturday. they turned their backs when the mayor spoke. the somber and divisive gathering. >> reporter: slain nypd officer ramos got a sendoff, not only to service and dedication to his community, but his commitment to face family as well. >> to the ramos family we are all lucky to have rafael.
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>> reporter: the vice president echoed in words that was echoed by the turnout, came country wide. marches of support far beyond. salt lake city boston so when an assassin's bullet targeted two officers it targeted this city. and it touched the soul of the entire nation. >> reporter: speakers included governor andrew cuomo, police commissioner bill bratton, and mayor bill de blasio ignored by some outside. >> feeling of betrayal is strong. >> reporter: inside, the mayor received a warmer reception, his officer saying the sole focus is unifying this city and honoring the lives of the officer. >> you can see in his family can see what kind of parent he was. what kind of husband he was,
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what kind of son he was. >> reporter: he was, mr. biden said a cop for all the right reasons. doctors are discussing when they will okay former president george w.h. bush. the 90-year-old is improving but is expected to stay in a houston hospital for now. the man who shot and wounded pope john paul ii made a surprise visit to the vatican and the tomb. men at aliaja laying flowers on the pope he tried to assassinate in 1981. the gesture comes 31 years to the day. pope john paul ii was cannonized into saint hood this year. it's a couple days until new years. the famous crystal ball getting fixed up for the moment that drops from the flag pope at one times square 2015. around a million people are expected to pack new york city
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streets as they count down to the new year. hard to believe it is already upon us. >> and you'll be there? >> no. i tried that one year and getting down to the ball was a nightmare. there is so many people. >> one of the things that looks very cool. >> and there's nowhere to go to the restroom. >> mike ben is back with a look at the weather. >> yes, ushering in the new year and big changes. colder air about to roll its way in. in canada, sharing the frigid air. the cold air sinking its way southbound. truly, some of the temperatures we experience today. 36 in denver. that's 8 degrees below average. wait there's colder air.
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good morning. 6:12 the time now. waking up to cold air. we're talking about temperatures in the 30s and 40s. 38 right now in san jose. 37 in sa santa rosa. later on we'll see a good mix of sun and clouds. the high thin clouds drifting in across the next storm system that will impact us. that will move in for new yeer eesar's reenforcing some more cold air. >> don't >> don't forget your winter gear this week. >> mike thank you so much. cyber security in the headlines again today. a hacker is speaking up this morning, claiming to be one of the people behind the attack that disrupted service between sony and microsoft. holly jackson is covering the latest developments from los angeles. >> reporter: both playstation and xbox seem to be back up and running this morning but one of the biggest questions behind all
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of this has been why would somebody attack those networks? this morning, we may have an answer. to hackers, it's just a game. with a smile and a shrug, a man claiming to be one of the hackers who crashed xbox and playstation explains his motive. >> to raise awareness. >> reporter: this person known as ryan spoke to sky news from finland. his involvement with the hacking group lizard squad could not be independently confirmed by nbc news but said it took three people to knock out the popular gaming networks. >> i can't really say i feel bad. i might have forced a couple kids to spend time with their families instead of playing games. >> reporter: a sony acknowledges it is a cyber attack that's been triggering problems this weekend saying in a new blog post the video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt game play.
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gamers should blame the company. >> actually been around for some bit of time. they want after playstation. they've gone after xbox. they love to do what i call prank. >> reporter: it's an unrelated cyber attack that has north korea covering this morning after another nationwide internet outage in the reclusive country. pyongyang still furious over the release of the interview. denied any involvement. white house has more comment and his spokesman who called president obama, quote, a monkey. the administration described as particularly ugly. now to politics. 2015 is going to be a busy year as race for president gets into full swing. republican takes over houses of
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congress. chuck todd is moderator from "meet the press" this morning. what's the first thing you look for as far as the candidates are concerned heading into the new year? >> i think it's how quickly they decide to get in. the shock so far is that jeb bush dipped his toe in before anybody else. i don't think anybody would say the first republican to make a serious move would be jeb bush unless he was getting out but instead, getting in. i think the other big question is when does hillary clinton make her candidacy official? she'd like to put it off as long as she possibly can. march one, april one can she wait until memorial day? i think those are the questions. when do you start running? >> let's talk about congress. 286 laws. least productive in history. with republicans taking control, do you think this will be moresquemore esque effective and how do you think they'll work with president
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obama? >> the focus will be on the senate because the house can pass whatever they want. the senate republican majority while it is a good majority. what does it mean? they need a lot of democrats. they have have supports from democrats. and if it's a good one, he won't have to veto too many bills. >> unemployment is down the stock market at record levels. does it give a boost of new energy? >> they certainly feel like they have a boost of new energy. the president has in some ways ignored the election results in november. in many ways he is to blame for the problems because he didn't get to chance to campaign.
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if this economy is hitting improvement, it will change politics in washington and mean things could get done. makes him politically stronger and totally changes the focus of the 2016 race. >> finally, chuck, what do you have coming up next on "meet the press"? >> we spent a lot of time on this month police commissioner bill bratton will be on. this issue between african-americans, law enforcement community and in new york city, political leaders and the rank and fall of the nypd. it's all turning into a bit of a political fire storm. >> it's certainly a hot topic. up next on "today," the blushing bride had no idea she was showing up at her own wedding. how did it happen? that's right after this. sure. take your time. built-in nav heated seats for mom
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little did she know she was about to get the surprise of her life. brian and christina green couldn't seem to make it to the altar. >> we sat down five or six times. every time we'd get farther, and she'd freak out. >> they had been together for years, even had a daughter together. they found wedding plan too expensive and frustrating. >> a wedding is just a ceremony. the marriage is what's important. that's what i was trying to get to focus on the marriage. >> eventually brian took matters into his own hands with the help of his brother. they convinced christina to dress up in his wedding gown telling her a photographer needed pictures for a project. >> i didn't have a clue. not one clue. >> clueless until she saw her father. he let her in on what was happening. then the flash mob ensued as cameras rolled. dozens of family and friends rushed the scene. then the big moment christina
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took it all in stride. to top it off, it's caught on tape and youtube for all to remember. >> i was blown away. >> i love the surprise on her face. it's priceless. their wedding video has been viewed by 600,000 already on youtube. >> i love it. planning a wedding is stressful. >> hopefully it's everything she wanted. >> that's true. >> i was trying to find the positives. still to come on a sunday edition of "today," the robot butler, can you shut the shades? oh and could you turn on air conditioning i'm starting to sweat. i'll just do it myself. useless. that's nice. set's the mood.
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standing by right now with a like at the microclimate forecast. >> people visiting down from the east coast and new york city and chicago they look at us like cold, what. get used to it. it is cold for california standards. we're talking about temperatures that were about 10 degrees below average last night and even this morning we're waking up to temperatures in the 30s and 40s. the cold polar air is starting to invade the the area.
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it will continue to do that as we head towards new year's eve. that's our coldest location this morning. we'll see sunshine. it's going to stay cold today and even colder nor new year's eve. if you're making plans to be outside, we have the forecast at 7:00. with new year's afternoon the corner police will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers as people start their celebrations early. flis police set up a dui cherkck point last night and within the first 15 minute drivers were pulled over. in california more than 800 deaths and 24,000 injuries can be attributed to impaired driving in 2012. on monday a bill will be introduced to expand a state pilot program requiring first time dui offenders to have a
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breathalyzer in their car that locks the ignition. it's being tested in four california counties but it's already a law in two dozen states. getting around the bay area after new year's eve celebrations should be a little more convenient. bart plans to offer extended hours and more trains in the early hours of 2015. service will extend until 3:00 a.m. following regular weekday service. trains will run every 20 minutes aftermidnight. for more information go to the nation's largest homeless encampment has been shut down by the city of san jose but it's been replaced by a new community known as the village. she suffers from complication offense a stroke and survived the last year living at a tent. everyone is being asked to sign a contract following the rules
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such as no loud noises after 10:00 p.m. and no open flames. coming up at 7:00 it's a move that's been expected for weeks, but now it's been confirmed. we'll let you know where jim harbaugh will come home next season. we'll take you back to the today show.
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>> it's my 13th birthday today. >> happy birthday. >> it's my 16. >> mine too. >> a 50th over here. >> we love you, lester. >> sunday december 28th 2014. this morning, out there braving the rain. we're happy to be there with
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them. thank you for stopping by. we want to take a look at this morning's top headlines. hunt is on for the air asia jet liner. 162 people were on board the airbus 320 jet. >> nasty weather across the middle of the country caused accidents and more snow in the forecast out west. cold weather throughout the country. >> and george h.w. bush is hospitalized but doctors are talking about now when he might be able to discharge. >> since it's the last weekend of the year, we're going to spend some time looking back this morning including the top moments in sports from olympic trials in sochi and then the year in entertainment. george clooney tying the knot and kim kardashian bearing more than just his smile. and a lot more. >> since i've been here it's a lot of fun and share our
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favorite moments with you. but let's begin with the top our with controversy surrounding the hit tv show "homeland." diplomats from pakistan are not happy with the way their country is portrayed this season. francis is here with more. francis? >> reporter: pakistan is the u.s. ally. after pakistani officials reportedly watched all 12 episodes of season four they told one newspaper this isn't how you should treat your partners and we should warn you, some of the scenes from the show are pretty violent. >> it's one widespread acclaim in recent years, award season favorite with a cultlike following. >> showtime's homeland stars clair danes playing a cia agent on the front line in the war on terror. but not everyone is a fan. now blasting up the last season
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and comments to the new york post. according to the paper, pakistani diplomats say the show portrays their country as a terror plagued hellhole where islamabad as a place where shootoffs go around and say nothing could be further from the truth. >> i think the reason they get upset is because americans watch this show and people believe what they see on tv. >> said the fact they're aligned with terrorists are absurd. it's not the first time they've criticized the show, venezuela calling it. >> the seasons are gritty and true to life but at the end of the day, it is a tv show. >> reporter: a hit show high on drama and fanning some controversy as well. >> there's mess in islamabad. it's not just going away.
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>> reporter: we reached out to showtime and the pakistani embassy to the united states for comment but did not receive a response. chanel back to you. >> thank you. >> mike bettis with a final look at the forecast. we're pretty sure the forecast here is -- >> talk to some folks here braving the brain. including a very special sweet 16. tell us your name, where you're from. >> i'm maggie from charleston, south carolina. >> how are you spending your mother? >> in new york with my mom. >> sorry we couldn't provide nicer weather for you but look all across the country, not just here in new york. it truly spreads all through the deep south. pockets of heavy rain may disturb your travels today from the gulf coast and drastically come monday a little bit of rain in the southeast. here's how much we pick up. some spots, as much as 2 to 3
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inches from birmingham to atlanta. eastbound is the next spot but snow rolls from the northwest promising big changes as we head into the brand new year. that's a good morning. 6:35 the time now. waking up to bay area cold air once again. 44 in san francisco. livermore is at 40. yesterday we had coldest air across the tri-valley where we were below freezing. the morning not as cold. 36 in dublin. it's going to be another cold day. 58 in the south bay. 57 for the peninsula. same for san francisco with a good mix of sun and clouds. and thank you so much. all the way from jamaica to visit the "today" show, how about that? back inside to you. >> mike thank you. today's the last day of the nfl regular season with teams
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fighting tooth and nail. 2014 has been a memorable for better and worse. we ask nbc's ron not to take us back. >> best of the game. >> reporter: both leading to a blowout in the super bowl for the seattle seahawks. a championship seemingly won after just one play. >> looks like a little glitch here. >> reporter: a missing ring in sochi but russia found its way to the top, beating out second place united states. and east meets west rangers and the team dominated. in men's soccer team usa going skyrocket, though germany was
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the last team standing at the world cup. to baseball and the big league the one q. derek jeter's long farewell began in the spring. >> rbi for jeter. >> reporter: and concluded on a fall sunday afternoon in boston. >> that's jeter says good-bye to baseball. >> reporter: for the little guy, heat seeking missiles yet a girl turned monet davis into an international sensation. back in the bigs, royals captivated the nation with the first playoff appearance since 19 1985 and fell short to the san francisco giants and the virtually unhittable picture, madison baumgartner. in tennis the ball kept bouncing serena williams' way. the 18th grand slam of her career. t grand slam of
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on the hardwood some hard lessons about race and reposition. donald sterling's team sold after racist remarks including comments about magic johnson. the game's biggest star lebron james, returned home to cleveland where his jersey once burned. and now a hero again. the world of football flashed into the world of domestic violence. >> we have seen all too much of the nfl doing wrong. >> reporter: ray rice adrian peterson names harnessed by actions off the field. on the field, the catch of a lifetime. >> manning going to heed one. >> reporter: odell beckham jr. >> that may be the greatest catch i've ever seen. >> reporter: but there's always next year. nbc news, ron not, new york.
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up next the goofy movie becomes center of an international incident and hackers target personal photos of top celebrities. we'll have that here in entertainment right after this. the holiday season is coming to an end, but we've got one more thing to share with you - the holiday clearance
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a movie that's put the united states and north korea at odds. a reality tv star trying to break the internet and lay can i dids taking center stage in the pop world.
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we show you 2014 has been a year to remember in the world of entertainment. >> we almost never got to see the most talked about movie of the year but in a christmas day surprise sony put "the interview" back on the schedule. still, all year long the gift that kept on giving was the mcconaughey with the oscar, hit show and hollywood star. for matthew mcconaughey this year has been -- >> all right. >> plenty went wrong at the box office a. >> it was a terrible year because there were a lot of bombs. >> hollywood saw the worst summer slump in more than a decade. the super heroes guarding the galaxy saved the day. jennifer laurence made it look easy starring in two of the year's biggest money makers. >> she dazzled at the oscars and elevated herself to a level of
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celebrity fame respect she hadn't had before. >> nude photos hacked after the a cloud hack leaving laurence and others fuming. kim kardashian revealed on purpose in a racy shoot meant to break the internet six months after she married kanye west. the highest profile wedding is a toss up. george clooney tied the knot. brad and angie made it official with kids in france. as hollywood celebrated new beginnings the entertainment world said good-bye to some of the most beloved. phillip hoffman and robin williams died. tributes poured in for joan rivers.
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jimmy fallon had rivers on the first ever "tonight" show after he took over for jay leno. >> i get the hint. >> other stars got fired up with the year's biggest hits. ♪ all about that base ♪ >> hit song no trouble and the queen of them all taylor swift. the first to replace herself at number one on the billboard charts. her new album went platinum in a week. 1989 ending 2014 on a high note mostly. nbc news los angeles. >> here's to 2015. >> look at those things thinking was that this year? >> how good is it to be taylor swift?
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>> she had a great year. >> maybe she'll get married. that would give us something to talk about. let's go to mike bettes in the orange room with our plaza fan of the day. >> thank you. do you recognize this lovely lady from wichita, kansas? it's sheila, shanielle's mom. sheila take it away. >> who says tv is serious business? we'll take a fine walk down memory lane, best of 2014 here on the "today" show. but first -- >> these hey! guess what day it is?? >>hump day! hummmp daaay! it's hump day! >>yeah! >>hey mike! mike mike mike mike mike! >>mike mike mike mike mike. hey! he knows! hey! guess what day it is! hey! camel! guess what day it is! >>it's not even wednesday. let it go, phil. if you're a camel, you put up with this all the time. it's what you do. (sigh) if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to
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you weren't surprised your family was many town but didn't expect them to be on the show. >> this was not planned. when i was in fifth grade, i drew a picture of myself. i wanted to be a news anchor. my mom said you can be a news anchor if you want to be. that was in fifth grade. sitting here with my mom and brother is special. >> you had a good christmas? >> christmas in new york is the
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best. >> we're looking back on "today." good time to come and visit us. sometimes it might be hard to remember when the alarm clock goes off early in the morning. we're among the luckiest in the world to work on this show. >> i can't have believe how much fun we have all had over the past year. take a look. ♪ ♪ >> now i can say i was coached by a gold medal olympian. >> we got dressed up. >> you're a natural.
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look at that. >> now we'll get down with it. okay. and get back up again. >> there's something cool about saying i was skating with two olympians. >> weekend today's biggest fan series. >> tell us why you share our passions. >> baltimore. >> getting everybody pumped up. getting everybody thinking healthy. we're tickled to be part of it. >> we've got mini massages even a brunch. >> you ran in the new york city marathon? >> i did. 50,000 of my closest friends. >> a bike ride food drive all in one.
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>> thanksgiving! >> jenna in one word is awesome. >> she instaigates fun. >> i'm really going to miss her. >> newest member of our family shanielle jones. good morning. >> i'm so happy to be here. >> everyone is welcoming you to the "today" show. >> it's exciting to know you're joining a team where they're friendly welcoming, smart. >> i'm new at this. you may want to keep your distance.
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>> and welcome to "today" on this sunday horning. i'm erica hill. >> we'll be with you shortly. >> this is very real. we're looking at these tables back here. >> these are clear tables. >> what? >> all your dreams will come true. ♪ ♪ >> slow jam and news baby. ♪ ♪
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